Surveillance

Lawmakers Renew Effort to Ban Federal Agencies from Using Facial Recognition Tech

The reintroduced bill would prohibit agencies from using biometric tech and block federal funds for biometric surveillance systems.

South Korea to Add Robots-on-Rails and AI Surveillance to DMZ Border

The demilitarized zone between North and South Korea will be getting new surveillance technologies in the coming months, Korean news outlets report.

No Domestic Surveillance Authorities Needed, NSA Director Reiterates

Instead, Gen. Paul Nakasone and other intelligence community leaders want better public-private partnerships to address “blind spots” in the cyber realm.

Director Says NSA’s Domestic Surveillance Authority ‘Rightly’ Limited

Gen. Paul Nakasone, who oversees both the intelligence agency and U.S. Cyber Command, stressed the need for greater visibility through private-sector information streams.

Customs and Border Protection Behind on Deploying Border Surveillance Tech, DHS OIG Finds

But President Joe Biden’s new immigration bill calls for more “smart technology” at the border.

Biometrics in Action

Federal agencies ramped up the use and scope of facial recognition tools in 2020, expanding programs to target more people and making significant technology upgrades.

Intel, Nvidia Face Questions from Lawmakers on Sale of Supercomputing Chips to China

The legislators’ probe follows reports that U.S.-built technology is underpinning the mass surveillance of Uighurs and others.

DHS IG Opens Probe into Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

The investigation is in response to a Congressional inquiry about Customs and Border Protection getting location data from phones.

Senators Urge Investigation After CBP Admits to Warrantless Cell Phone Surveillance

Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security, told senators it uses a commercial database to conduct warrantless tracking of people inside the United States.

Lawmakers: Did DHS Surveil Portland Protesters’ Phones?

Lawmakers want to know if federal agencies intercepted messages or collected cellphone data—including through commercial sources—during Portland protests.

Report Outlines How U.S. Could Counter Un-Democratic Uses of Surveillance Technology

The federal government should take steps to imbue surveillance technologies with individual freedoms protections citizens of democracies expect, the authors say.

NSA Offers Tips To Limit Location Data Exposure

The National Security Agency released a set of guidelines outlining how the federal workforce and the general public can mitigate risks associated with personal location data.

Bill Calls for ‘Mile-by-Mile’ Assessment of Tech Needs at the Southern Border

Rep. Xochitl Small Torres on Wednesday introduced the Southwest Border Security Technology Improvement Act in the House, a bipartisan bill that’s already moving through the Senate.

Commerce to Ban U.S. Business Involvement with Forced Labor, Detention Camps in China

A new rule will deny most export licenses to 11 companies implicated in human rights violations of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China.

Facial Recognition Is Here But We Have No Laws

Without legal safeguards, this technology will undermine democratic values and fundamental rights.